Minnesota added 28.400 jobs last month, but that doesn't necessarily mean a recovery has taken hold.
"Minnesota added 28,400 jobs in August, largely related to laid-off state employees returning to work after the three-week government shutdown ended," the state Department of Employment and Economic Development said Thursday.
Better news: initial claims for unemployment benefits were 19,625 in August, which is the fewest in three years, according to the new figures.
The state's jobless rate remained unchanged from July at 7.2 percent.
Minnesota senators sharply questioned federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch during Wednesday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings, grilling him on whether he'd be protect the interests of ordinary people over corporations.
Other business groups like realtors, electric utility Xcel Energy Services, private colleges, tobacco giant Altria, Polymet Mining, health insurers and hospitals contributed to the overall total of $57.7 million to lobby the Legislature, the administration of Gov. Mark Dayton and Metro municipal governments.